Predatory publishing is damaging to science

Blog series addresses the problem as such, its presentation in the media, and responses by researchers

The issue of predatory journals and predatory conferences is not new to libraries. As such, TIB welcomes the great debate in society and in the media about the problems, grievances and fraudulent business practices in scientific publishing.

Predatory publishers pose a serious threat to the credibility of science. To counter this phenomenon, TIB has long been offering advisory services and training for scholars on how to take decisions relating to publishing on the basis of reliable quality criteria. The acquisition and indexing of the specialist information provided by TIB, such as journals and conference reports, is also carried out on the basis of clearly defined quality standards.

The problem of predatory publishers is part of a larger issue within scientific publishing, which is why it can only be fully understood in this context. An open-format series of posts on the TIB Blog seeks to shed light on the topic from various perspectives and to identify the various facets of the problem. The series kicks off with Dr. Ulrike Kändler (Publishing Services Department) on the topic of Nachgeprüft: #FakeScience (in german).

Additional topics include:

  • How do predatory offers work?
  • It doesn’t affect me – or does it? Three safe paths to a good journal
  • Clarification is important. Critical aspects in reporting
  • Quality assurance in the development of collections at libraries
  • Where it really gets critical: quality seal for errors, hoaxes, instrumentalisation?
  • Peer review: a way to counter fake science?
  • Financial aspects: the money in the system
  • How does science respond?